You’re Safer in Rochester Than Almost Anywhere Else in Michigan

With just a one-in-91 chance of being the victim of a crime, residents in Rochester are safe, says the real-estate research group Movoto.

Photo Credit: Patch File Photo.
Photo Credit: Patch File Photo.

By Beth Dalbey and John McKay

Here’s another reason to love Rochester: It’s the 10th-safest community with a population over 10,000 in Michigan.

That’s the word from the real estate research group Movoto.

The rankings are based on FBI crime statistics for violent crime (rape, murder and assault); property crime (theft, burglary and motor vehicle thefts) and the odds that a resident will be a victim of the crime.

Movoto had this to say about Rochester:

“Also located in Oakland County just outside of Detroit, Rochester had only 141 reported crimes in 2012—132 of which were non-violent. To break this down a little more for you, let’s look at the property crimes. The majority, 101, were property theft/larceny, followed by 24 reported burglaries, and seven cases of motor vehicle theft.”

Rochester had some violent crimes – nine, of which none were murders, one was rape, two were robberies and six were aggravated assaults. According to the report, Rochester residents have just a one-in-91 chance of being a crime victim.

The entire Top 10 were from Livingston, Oakland, and Wayne counties, out of 102 locations with a population over 10,000 that Movoto surveyed.

Here’s the top 10:

  1. Grosse Ile Township
  2. Hamburg Township
  3. South Lyon (tie)
  4. Village of Milford (tie)
  5. City of of Berkley
  6. City of New Baltimore
  7. Bloomfield Township
  8. City of Riverview (tie)
  9. West Bloomfield Township (tie)
  10. City of Rochester
Patricia January 23, 2014 at 08:39 PM
One in 91 is not a good number. If that were the case based on our population the crime rate would be off the charts. Even Detroit and Flint are not 1 in 91. This is misleading and inaccurate. Rochester is safe and much safer than that. Regardless of what the article says, printing this and the company that supplied these flawed numbers did a great disservice to our community.


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